Away from the stage in the West End of London, Joey, the equine star of the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed stage production War Horse, has been seen throughout the past week catching up with his colleagues throughout the UK, the US, Germany and Australia.
Monday 3 June 2013: Joey helped launch Gefährten – the German language production of War Horse which opens in October 2013 at the historic Stage Theater des Westens in Berlin. Joey was spotted at Brandenburg Gate with Philipp Lund and Heinz Hoenig, who will play Albert and Ted Narracott.
Tuesday 4 June 2013: Joey was seen on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. War Horse is playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre until 30 June before the production and its Australian cast move on to the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from 6 July.
Wednesday 5 June 2013: Joey met two mounted command horses, Sardelli and Adonis, in Providence, Rhode Island to tie in with the opening night at Providence Performing Arts Center – part of War Horse‘s ongoing tour of America.
Thursday 6 June 2013: Joey met HRH The Princess Royal at the official re-opening of The Horse’s Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses. The Horse’s Trust is the world’s first horse charity and it’s Home of Rest in Spleen, Buckinghamshire provides retirement and respite for working animals, some having served with the police and the army.
Tuesday 11 June 2013: Joey visited Edinburgh Castle with Associate Puppetry Director Finn Caldwell to celebrate the production’s forthcoming performances at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh – part of War Horse‘s tour of the UK and Ireland which starts in Plymouth in September.
Tuesday 11 June 2013: Gary Barlow meets Joey on stage at the New London Theatre in the West End, the London home of War Horse, after seeing a performance of the show.
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
War Horse, which has now been seen by over 3.7 million people worldwide, had its world premiere at the National Theatre in October 2007. Now celebrating its sixth year on the London stage, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book continues to play to sell-out houses at the New London Theatre in the West End. Having won multiple awards internationally, War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris and designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
War Horse is showing at the New London Theatre.
Wednesday 12th June 2013